Introductory Chemistry I
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Introduces chemistry, focussing on the foundation concepts of chemistry. It examines basic atomic and molecular structure, introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds, and illustrates basic physical concepts central to an understanding in the discipline.
This is one of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge in science, engineering and life sciences.
This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. participate in and submit laboratory reports for a minimum of eight (8) experiments and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
On successful completion of this course students will:
1. be familiar with basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering
2. have developed an understanding of the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of chemistry
3. have established an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology
4. have developed an understanding and knowledge of basic key concepts central to chemical science
5. have developed an understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism
6. have been provided introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry
7. have developed elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry
8. have developed skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. have developed some understanding of the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and chemically-based work
The course involves study of the following topics, illustrated where appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:
1) Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Concepts
a) matter, atoms and elements
b) molecules and compounds
c) equations and stoichiometry
d) reactions - energy and enthalpy
2) Introduction to Organic Chemistry:
a) orbitals and hybridisation
b) saturated compounds - alkanes and cycloalkanes
c) unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
d) aromatic compounds - benzene
e) applications of spectroscopy
3) Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry :
a) atomic structure
b) electron configurations of elements
c) bonding and structure
e) chemical equilibria
Students returning to study after some time since HSC are advised to take an EPSB094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course before commencing this course.
Students without HSC Chemistry are strongly advised to take both EPSB079 Foundation Chemistry and EPSB094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course as a minimum.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term